- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Catholic priest in Michigan is urging his parishioners to arm themselves and earn a concealed pistol license.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1DuSrlj ) the Rev. Edward Fride cited recent crime in the area in a letter to parishioners at Christ the King in Ann Arbor. During Mass last month, Fride announced a concealed pistol license class at the church.

The letter was titled “We’re not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto,” references to “The Andy Griffith Show” and the dog from “The Wizard of Oz.” He wrote: “How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives.”

The Diocese of Lansing oversees the parish and bans weapons in church. It says a concealed pistol class is inappropriate for church property.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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